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EDITOR’S NOTE

MEMBERS EDITOR IN CHIEF / CHIEF CREATIVE OFFICER Kimberly ‘LatyKim’ Gordon

Welcome to another issue of JAE Magazine (Just About Everyone, Just About Everything). Much time has passed, and it seems as if we are only a few spins of the earth away from a new year. Those of you in University, it’s exam time again; and although by now you should be on your p’s and q’s with your studies we’ve included some helpful tips we hope will assist. Cheers to another staging of Restaurant Week! Truly a foodie’s delight! We were out and about capturing highlights along with other memorable events. We met a lot of talented and interesting personalities that we’d like to share. One such person is A-wire, an extreme and passionate BMX-er who along with his group has made an impression on Jamaica’s BMX scene. Fashion never dies but trends change and it is for that reason we made note of some young and upcoming artists and designers who are definitely making a statement with their work as well as catching up with a fashion lover, designer and blogger who uses one passion to fuel the other. Explore the pages and see what else is in store. I would like to use this opportunity to thank all those who have been with us and supported us over the many months, your interest and support is greatly appreciated. We have plans for continued improvements to continue bringing you the magazine you love.

WEB MANAGER / CREATIVE DIRECTOR Shane Jackson LAYOUT & DESIGN LatyKim Shane Jackson Dewayne Webb DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY Matthew Henry WRITERS Julian Morrison Dewayne Webb Sonjah N. Stanley Niaah Ron-Cey Kirkland Ashley Henry Mickoy Wright Kimberly Gordon Shane Jackson CONTRIBUTING STAFF Mikhail DaCosta Dewayne Webb Nigel Walford Julian Morrison Shanari Mcarthy SPECIAL THANKS TO Sonjah N. Stanley Niaah , Kristia Franklin, Tawna Lewis, Shauna Campbell, Navor Townsed, Shea Stewart, Definition X, Matthew Henry

- LatyKim

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The Gray Owl Review

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Remembering Bogle

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Mixtape Reviews, Notable Mentions, Hstory of Jamaican Hip/Hop /rap

Live From Kingston HIGHLIGHTS Restaurant Week Launch and Highlights

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Bachelor Chef Ja

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Drinks We Love!

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Designers on the Rise

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Sock it to Dem!

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DIY! Collar Necklace

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Action Packed! A-wire

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Meet JB: Fashion Blogger & Designer

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Misconception of Whey Protein

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- TAJ FRANCIS - SHERRAINE PHILLIPS - KEMAR SWABY - JAMAR ROCK

Runce Empowerment - The story of Minotauro Nogueira

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College Life

BREAKING THE SILENCE - Girls who like Girls

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Tech Minute

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Weird or Genius: Pierced Eyeglasses


Live from Kingston As the live music scene becomes more and more popular in Jamaica with the introduction of many new

artistes, the local industry is beginning to take note. There is one new series on the scene by the name of ‘Live From Kingston’ hosted by I&I World-wide which is designed specifically to showcase this new crop of artists with real potential to penetrate international markets.

Manor Park Plaza, specifically the corner of Base Kingston & Belle came alive on Saturday, November

17, 2012. The setting provided a nice intimate setting of entertainment with performances to the likes of

Chronixx, Iba Mahr, Keida, Blu Kid and guest artistes no charge whatsoever. Live From Kingston is a popup event, which means that it can happen anywhere, anytime so be sure to be on the lookout for the next staging of the series.

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Runce Empowerment [De]termination by Ron-Cey Kirkland

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ixed martial arts (M.M.A.) has become an increasingly popular sport around the world, particularly in Brazil. Having a population of over 169 million (2011), the Brazilian people are extremely competitive and are also very God conscious. A vital element in the Brazilian culture is martial arts of various kinds. Okay, let me keep it real. If you visit Brazil, enjoy the exotic beaches and beautiful people but I would not recommend that you encourage an altercation with any of the locals. It is very likely the average Brazilian walking down the street may be well trained in Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai Kick Boxing and some other martial art of choice. It is a sign of strength and determination to be able to prevail in difficult situations. It is out of this country and culture that Minotauro Nogueira was born.

I chose to share a bit of this guys life with you because it exemplifies the power of getting back up and #TryingAgain. Determination to push past your failures and setbacks. Minotauro born and

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Minotauro Nogueira, A man that the world would accept even if he surrendered to defeat. bred Brazilian is considered one of the greatest fighters in the Ultimate Fighting Championships (UFC). In his most recent fight, he refused to submit to a “kimura” (a twisting arm lock while being pinned down) and his arm popped, suffering a broken arm as a result. At this point, if Minotauro chose to throw in the towel he would have still been highly respected, even praised for all he has been through up to this point. When you look at someone, there is always more to them than the trendy Levis jeans and Hollister shirt or the lack thereof, there is something deeper, their emotional wounds, victories, accomplishments, their experiences. All these things come together to shape how you view and see life - what is called your “world view.” Some of what Minotauro Nogueira’s been through: • Three Hip Surgery in 2010 • Recovering from a broken arm from his last fight this year • At the age of ten, he was paralysed for some time after being hit by a truck. He was hospitalised for up to one year • Lost Achilles tendon in left leg • Lost most of his right lung • Lost his diaphragm (the breathing muscle) • Lost his liver and kidneys • After months of physiotherapy and believing in the work of his doctors, he began walking again • Worked hard on all physical exercises and physical therapy


• He had the desire to compete in the sport • Carried his “mote” throughout his life This sounds like too much for one man but he really went through that all and still says, “...It’s all about perspective (The way you look at your challenge).”

and the absolute shock on the everyone’s face. It was like a stain that almost could not be erased. It is always good and encouraging when you have the masses that support and believe in you - that you can do it, that you will overcome. It may not always be that way for you.

When Minotauro got hit by a truck at ten, his father yelled at him while holding his hand, “Minotauro! Do not give up son. You must fight! You are a fighter!” Minotauro carries that moment with him right through his life, unto overcoming every challenge that presents itself before him. That is his “mote.” If you would allow his life to speak to you, it would probably ask you.. Are you at a point in a certain area of your life where you have given up? You may have walked away from some dream or some task or person/friendships that you gave up on but if its worth it, don’t give up. Press forward and be determined to achieve your goals, complete the task. If it is worth it, mend those broken relationships, go back and make things right. A mentor of mine always says, “do right because it is right.” A true sign and way of building a successful and deliberate “you” that will almost be guaranteed success. The impact of this [de]termination tool in your toolbox of life will take you beyond the borders you have consciously or subconsciously set for your self or also borders that people have set for you. [De] termination is something that transcends all social classes, ethnic diversities and focus groups, willing to yield itself and its fruits to anyone that is willing to engage and employ it in their lives [de]termination. Minotauro said, “don’t keep your head down, keep on fighting.” Recently the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held their last event in where? Brazil, yes you guessed it! Who was there? Minotauro Nogueira!

What Minotauro Knew When Minotauro stepped in the ring, he carried with him, everything he ever overcame in his life, starting from overcoming his paralysis at age ten. His “mote” where his father yelled at him, telling him to fight, that he is a fighter, now to his recently healed broken arm.

What People Saw As Minotauro stepped in the ring, all people could see was his last fight, that he lost, his arm breaking

Ron-Cey Kirkland

In the fight of your life, choose not to bring what people saw and how they saw it. Bring your victories. Look back in life at the everything you ever overcame and focus on that. Take that with you into “where you are today” and let that fuel your determination, bull dosing you on through to victory! You can do this. Minotauro Nogueira stepped into the ring a few weeks ago and won by submission. If Minotauro can do it, you can too.

#RunceEmpowerment #beempowered ronceykirkland@gmail.com

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College Education Is not a Waste Skeptics who look at facts and figures on rising tuition and the increase in student loan debt might come to the conclusion that a college degree isn’t all that helpful these days. But new statistics on job growth for example from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics say otherwise.

College Is A Worthwhile Investment

Driven mostly by the state of the economy, pundits and commentators have questioned the necessity of a degree in today’s society. With tuition hikes coming hard and fast and student loan debt at outrageous levels, pessimists have plenty of ammunition to make the argument that the cost of a degree isn’t worth the benefit.

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Sure, a college degree isn’t the one-way ticket to success that it may have been in years past, but that doesn’t mean there’s no value to a college education. Plus, what you get out of your degree is up to you, even in a tough job market. With some smart planning and good forward-thinking, you can become successful.

Numbers Prove The Worth Of A Degree

That argument might not convince some skeptics. However, we can add some compelling new statistics about job growth. In an article titled Jobs Outlook 2012: Careers Headed for the Dustbin, Forbes.com writer Jenna Goudreau points out that recent numbers are showing improvement in employment numbers in the U.S. for the first time in years. This is good news, because if the trend continues, it should make it easier for everyone to find work, including those with college degrees (presumably even ‘useless’ ones).


According to Goudreau, the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics (BLS) has released a list of specific careers that are in decline. Most of these job titles, like sewing machine operators and fast-food cooks, only require a high school diploma. That means that one way to stay out of these 20 doomed fields is to earn a college degree, enabling you to aim higher. Occupations that require post-secondary education are expected to grow the fastest, with jobs needing a master’s degree projected to increase by 22%, a doctoral or professional degree by 20%, and associate’s degree by 18%.

most of us, earning a college degree will help make things a bit easier on the career front. Choosing not to follow a traditional career path is also a valid option for college grads these days.

Sure, it can still be said that a college degree is no guarantee of wealth and success. But it never has been. But reliable statistics seem to be pointing to a truth that’s hard to deny: a college degree is a good way to enter a secure career field. You might be able to find success by taking a different route, but not everyone gets to be Mark Zuckerberg. For JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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Dealing with Stress During College//////// Whether you’re facing final exams, managing a relationship or just struggling to stay on top of your coursework, college can be a stressful time. Don’t succumb to anxiety, instead here are simple tips for dealing with stress during college.

Conquer Your Stress.

Course work can be more challenging (and plentiful!) than anything you’ve ever faced before, and final exams can bring a whole new meaning to the term ‘crunch time.’ Sometimes school work is not the only difficulty, romance and social lives can be as much a source of anxiety as they are of fun, and many students struggle to stay on top of the newfound freedoms of living away from home, from cooking to laundry to managing a budget. In response to these challenges, some students fall behind on assignments, stop attending class or worse. For those of you on the midst of exams here are some ideas for managing your college life and keeping your stress levels under control for this semester and the next.

Organize your time.

Everything will feel less overwhelming if you have a manageable plan for staying on track. Get a calendar and use it to track your classes and deadlines, as well as plan out study time and social time.

Maintain healthy habits.

Eating well and getting enough rest is crucial for staying healthy and calm. Make sure you account for cooking balanced meals and getting 6-8 hours of rest most nights in your scheduling. Getting regular exercise is also important.

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themselves by taking on too many responsibilities or simply having unrealistic expectations for themselves. Set realistic, achievable goals and don’t be too hard on yourself if you fail once in a while.

Develop good coping mechanisms.

Some stress will be unavoidable, so it’s important to develop healthy ways to deal with it. Popular options include athletic exercise, meditation or simply engaging in breathing exercises. Find something that works for you and incorporate it into your routines.

Seek help.

Most colleges offer free counseling services through their health centers. Emergency counseling can be a great way to get through times of extreme stress, and many people find that regular counseling helps them deal with day to day challenges.


Studying 101:

Guide to Studying in College

Whether you like to study or not, studying is a necessary part of college life. In fact, studying should and will probably dominate a significant part of your time. As exams are drawing closer and closer here are tips before you hit the books.

Quick Study Tips

• Avoid distractions at all costs. It will interrupt your ability to retain information.

Approach each effort with a willingness to study and do the work.

Use highlighters to emphasize certain points for easier reference later on.

Take notes as you read new material. This will help you retain what you read.

• Prioritize what you need to study, and get the most important work out of the way first.

Take breaks every now and then while you study. A five to ten minute refresher every hour will help you work better.

Come to Terms with Studying

When you’re in college, it seems like there is always something better to do than study. This is why you need to come to terms with the fact that you are in college and need to study. If you choose fun over study time every chance you get, you will be lucky to pass your required classes. If it makes things easier, think about college as a full time job. You need to put in at least 40 hours into classes, labs, meetings, study groups, and assignments.

Create a Study Schedule

Once you have your syllabus or timetable you should probably start planning your quarter or semester. Planning early may help you stay on track. There is nothing worse than being forced to chug caffeine so you can stay up past 3 o’clock preparing for the next morning’s class. Scheduling can also allow you to spread out the work, thus helping you to feel less overwhelmed. When writing down your schedule, try to make it realistic as well as challenging. Make note of important days like when papers and projects are due and when you have midterms and finals.

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Stick to Your Study Schedule

It’s great to make a study schedule, but the next step is sticking to it. Staying committed to your plan will probably help you to be more successful as well as reduce your stress level. When planning your schedule, you should allow a little wiggle room for unexpected life events. You never know when a party or a date might come up. If you need to put something off, it shouldn’t dramatically interfere with your plan. Flaking out too often will leave you behind and overwhelmed.

Your College Identity

Find a Good Place to Study

Finding a good study haven is as essential as making a study schedule. Some students prefer reading out on the lawns, others prefer the library, others simply prefer studying in the comfort of their own rooms. Regardless of what place you choose, make sure you feel comfortable and can concentrate.

Use the SQ3R Method

If you want to study smarter, not harder, consider using a proven study method, such as SQ3R. The SQ3R method is based on simple principles:

Survey: Look over what you are supposed to study before you begin. This includes notes, chapter headers, chapter summaries, etc.

Question: Ask questions as you read or study to get the basics of who, what, when, how, why. Don’t be afraid to take notes in the margins.

Read: You should read as carefully as possible. Do not scan words or let your mind wander.

Recite: Stop studying periodically to recite what you remember. This will allow you to confirm you are retaining information before your proceed.

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eing in college, especially the first year is your big chance to focus on those personal qualities you’ve always wanted to refine, or to give yourself a whole new identity. You’re also going to experience a lot of personal freedom: you’ll get to wear what you want and you’ll even get to argue with your teachers without fear of punishment. In fact, debate is encouraged. Challenging your thinking is what college is all about. No matter where you’re enrolled or what you major in, college will challenge your world view and personal values on every level, thus transforming your identity. You are not necessarily going to become a whole new person or abandon everything you’ve ever believed in. If you have strong convictions when you enter college, critical thinking won’t require you to


change your mind. Being critical of what you see and hear means pondering ideas in new ways and allowing that experience to enrich the way you already think. As your knowledge and experience of the outer world expands, your inner world expands too. Beyond learning from your courses and assignments you will learn a lot about the world through the people you meet. You’ll have new friends, roommates, classmates, and professors who come from different socioeconomic groups, religions, ethnicities, and sexual orientations. In discovering your differences and commonalities with others, you’ll sharpen your own identity.

Be Social

College years are some of the best years of your life.

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In your first year of college, you’ll transform from wide-eyed kid into adult faster than you can say “final exam.” Be prepared for rapid growth, but don’t worry about finding that one perfect permanent identity right away. Your identity will change along with your education and life experiences. You’ll find that everyone else you meet in college will be going through changes too. You’ve come this far. Now open yourself to some new ideas and let your best judgment be your guide. JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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Gray Owl

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Kanye legacy with an awkward R Kelly chorus and a ‘Disney channel themed I’m really nervous for prom night’ kind of texture. The sonics and production on the album are immaculate and diverse with grimy, beautiful, futuristic and old school sounds throughout the soundscape of the album. There are superb performances by Kanye West, Big Sean, Pusha T and by featured performers such as The Dream, 2 Chainz and Raekwon. However, Cruel Summer really has too many mistakes for a 12 track album with Sin City, Creepers and The One as some examples. If an album is short then it has to be incredible because there is less room for error for instance ‘Thriller’ by Michael Jackson, ‘Illmatic’ by Nas and ‘Be’ by Common. Standouts: Mercy ft 2 Chainz , Higher ft The Dream, Cocaine 80s and Ma$e, New God Flow ft Ghostface Killah , Clique ft Jay Z, The Morning ft Raekwon and 2 Chainz, I Don’t Like (Remix).

Artiste: G.O.O.D Music Title: Cruel Summer Theme: High End Hip Hop / Experimental Hip Hop/Other Label: G.O.O.D Music/Def Jam Creativity: Originality: Beats: OVERALL: (Too many mistakes) Comments: Cruel Autumn is finally here! Well to make a long story short it’s a brilliantly packaged disappointment. It’s probably the first Kanye West driven project that didn’t consistently uphold the highly praised standard of excellence that he is known and respected for. There are in fact some tracks on the album that are worthy of endearment but the stains on the carpet are way too large to merely shrug off. The first track is below the standards of the

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Artiste: Five Steez Title: War for Peace Theme: Political Hip Hop/Yard Hop Label: Self-Released Creativity: Originality: Beats: OVERALL:


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Comments: War for Peace is a wake-up call in more ways than one. Its message is similar to the likes of Dead Prez, Talib Kweli and Tech Nine with themes of untold stories and social commentary of the hard hitting Jamaican reality. An unapologetic Five Steez describes modern slavery, the corruption of the Jamaican formal establishment and the struggle of the masses. The album doesn’t have enough elements to capture most 2012 audiences. Most of the production leans toward hardcore hip hop with no major innovative blends or shifts that could catch the average 2012 listener that may not appreciate the DMX or Wu-Tang era of hip hop very much. Five Steez has an extremely important message but is mono-tonal at times and can lose one’s attention after an extended period of listening which takes away from the album. Overall the album makes a statement about Jamaica only being about Dancehall and Reggae thus proving that good quality music can be made here regardless of the genre. Standouts: Rebel Music, Dreams, Slaving on the Plantation, Yard Nigga Rap, Crown Me King.

Beats: OVERALL: Comments: Lots of 808s, racing hi hats and cliché references to real b*tches and nigg*s. ‘Kiss the Ring’ is mostly a collection of recycled sounds, semi retarded vocalists and repetitive topics. It’s a good example of music with a product driven approach as opposed to an art oriented approach when really a proper album needs a mix of both. ‘They Ready’ and ‘Hip Hop’ essentially rescued the album from actually ending up in toilets and attracting flies of all shapes, colours and sizes. Unfortunately this album was promoted as a classic by DJ Khaled and there will be people who think that the degradation of such a title is acceptable because of their ignorance plus heavy marketing. ‘Kiss the Ring’ is generally like listening to different versions of the same song nine times in a row. Standouts: I Wish You Would ft Kanye West, Take it to the head ft Chris Brown, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj, They Ready ft J Cole, Big Krit, Kendrick Lamar, Hip Hop ft Nas, Scarface and Dj Premier , Don’t Pay for it ft Wale, Meek Mill, Tyga, Kirko Bangz, B- Boyz ft Kendrick Lamar, Mack Maine and Ace Hood.

NOTABLE MENTIONS: Lethal - The Therapist

Artiste: DJ Khaled Title: Kiss The King Theme: Traditional Hip Hop/Trap Music Label: Def jam Creativity: Originality:

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production which is quite rare in the current state of affairs. Therapist actually mixes the material so that it’s not monotonous or predictable and the approach is well thought out as it even comes with a booklet. Lethal surely is a refreshing listen for everybody looking for fresh Jamaican material especially hip hop fans.

be the basis of the entertainment scene for poor people in urban environments such as West Kingston neighbourhoods. People (yes, mostly ghetto people) danced in the streets or in carefully chosen spaces that would later be referred to as ‘dance halls’.

‘No Mercy - King Biggs

This project is guaranteed nothing you’ve ever heard before. Ever. It seems to be directed toward 90s and 80s babies especially for all the Nintendo heads and Toonami lovers as some of the remixes have themes of some of your favourite shows from back in the day. It certainly looks like creativity in Jamaica is still alive. *children rejoice* To see the feedback other people have about these projects check #NoMercy and #Lethal out on twitter.

Jamaica & Hip Hop In the 1940s there were far less entertainment options in Jamaica than there are today primarily because of the different technological landscape at the time. The distinction between social classes was more pronounced and their lifestyle choices were as different as day and night. *cricket chirp* The upper class would go to Jazz concerts and plays that were too expensive for the lower class which turned out to be the majority of the population. This led to the development of an alternative thus sound system culture was born and the world would never be the same again. Big speakers playing the latest records, low entry fees, great vibes all night long would

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Over time, various sound systems emerged with their own special records to play to excite their audiences and competition grew fiercely. Duke Reid, Sir Coxsone’s Downbeat and Tom The Great Sebastian are just a few of the sound systems from the time which eventually started churning out music of their own after the R&B records started to get stale and the Jamaican recording industry was born in the 1950s!! *children rejoice*. In competing for the title of the ‘Baddest Sound System’ at the dances there would be toasters (rhymers or microphone men) freestyling and coming up with the cleverest lyrics in order to win the clash. The song would be on one side of the record and on the other side there would be the ‘version’ or the instrumental/riddim which the toasters would rhyme over to wow the crowd at the dance. A good example of original toasting is sampled at the beginning and the bridge of Kanye West’s ‘Mercy’. U-Roy, King Stit and Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry are some of the original toasters from those days that set the foundation for what would now be called ‘rapping’ in America and ‘deejaying’ in


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throughout the 1980s eventually dominating America and the world a few decades later. The combination of the breaks and the toasting in the streets is what formed Hip Hop.

NB. The Disc Jockey playing the record would

sometimes be the same person toasting which is why today the word Deejay and DJ bear striking similarity.

Clive ‘Kool Herc’ Campbell was born and raised in West Kingston where his father owned a sound system which he learned to operate as he got older. In the late 1970s he eventually moved to Bronx New York and took his sound system with him which led to the establishment of hip hop culture on Sedgewick Avenue. He played records in the streets on big speakers with ‘breaks’ (drum dominated rhythm pieces) which would set the foundation for hip hop music especially with the incorporation of toasting. In other words toasting in an American accent is what is known today as rapping and the breaks he played opened doors for cultural expression for poor black people in the Bronx which would quickly spread across New York City

This is an explanation as to why hip hop records are so easy for Jamaican deejays to rhyme over because they are coming from the same background. When genres have the same root they are usually easy to mesh and mix thus revealing the idea that dancehall and hip hop are sisters by birth and not merely next door neighbours. Additionally the concept of clashing and dancing in the street came from Jamaican sound system culture explains why in old hip hop videos there was a deejay in the centre playing the beat (or version) and the rapper with the microphone getting busy. A good example is during the rap battles in the 8 Mile movie. I sincerely hope that some of you now understand that hip hop is a part of our cultural legacy as Jamaicans and that it’s not a mere coincidence that dancehall and hip hop are so proficiently compatible. Rappers and Dancehall artistes collaborating so easily is not a mistake or an accident but it’s a cultural explosion that started from this tiny island Jamaica. Also look at: CNN and Wayne Wonder ‘Anything Goes’, Heavy D and Super Cat ‘Dem Nuh Worry We’, Busta Rhymes and Sean Paul ‘Make it Clap Remix’, Pharell’s Frontin’(Remix), Vybz Kartel and Missy Elliot ft MIA ‘Badman’. JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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EXTREME or genius? Pierced Eye glasses

James Sooy a few years ago developed a pair of eyeglasses with the help of his friend Oliver. The peculiar thing about these eyeglasses is that they are pierced into the bridge of his nose.

He came up with the idea in highschool and a few years later found a friend of his, Oliver Gilson, who had had been milling motorcycle parts for himself and asked if he could do something on the scale of the glasses; The answer was yes. Sooy said it only took a few minutes to draw out some plans, a couple hours to mill the pieces, but over a month to get the screws he needed. He also expressed there is no unwanted stretching or tearing associated with the pierced glasses. Magnets that allow the lenses to be pulled away harmlessly if they are tugged on.

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Remembering Gerald 'Bogle' Levy: Dance Icon (1966 - 2005) /////////////////////////// by Sonjah N. Stanley Niaah (Culture Doctor)

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ashion ova style’ is perhaps Bogle’s most memorable statement, and he embodied this stylistic contradiction in so many ways. Caught somewhere between a Punk rocking semblance of a gothic sensibility and a man of his own personal style journey, Bogle certainly held our attention with his every move, if not his every sartorial choice. Bogle was born in 1966 in Trench Town, West Kingston, and after being unable to take full advantage of the school system, he decided to go with what God seemed to be telling him --“you are star.” He dedicated his life to dance even after receiving a copious amount of the strap from his mother who had no faith in that vocation. He started early and by the 1970s had appeared on the Louise Bennett Saturday morning show, “Ring Ding,” televised on the then Jamaica Broadcasting Corporation, and in the 1980s, the Saturday evening program “Where It’s At” on the same television station. Contemporary Jamaican dance has been significantly influenced by Bogle’s popular dance

creations. When I interviewed Gerald Levy in 2002, he was very clear about being the unnamed king of the dancehall. He contended that the popular media-proclaimed dancehall queen Carlene Smith had been given recognition, but no one had said Bogle was king. In fact, Bogle had revealed this in an interview with Chicagoreggae. com when he asked, “You ever heard of Carlene creating a dance in Jamaica? ...Who create all of the dance in Jamaica?...You ever hear them crown me King?” To these questions the interviewee answered, “No.” Bogle was not just a dancer, but a creator and ethnochoreographer. No other dancehall dancer has been credited with creating and popularizing as many dance moves as Bogle. They include: 1. zip it up, 2. log on, 3. l.o.y., 4. pelpa, 5. pop the collar, 6. pick it off, 7. genie, 8. gwanie gwanie, 9. mission impossible, 10. hot 97, 11. erkel, 12. flip, 13. butterfly, 14. world dance, 15. imitation bogle, 16. bogle, 17. wave, 18. row like a boat, and 19. jiggy, among others. Bogle often released the moves to the media JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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Remembering Gerald 'Bogle' Levy

before exposing them on the dancehall stage. He was also present at many events promoting the moves, and sometimes not only dancing, but taking the microphone from a selector to speak to the audience. Previously, he thought of becoming a DJ, but didn’t pursue this until just before his untimely death (he was killed in a drive by murder in January 2005) when the popular hit “All dem deh” was released to silence emerging dancers who were being blinded by the spotlight into thinking they were more skilled than Bogle.

Bogle said, “I am dancehall.” “Because of me… Everybody wanna dance! Everybody wanna dance right now.” As far as Bogle was comcerned, the “dance don’t change until Bogle come...You never see any difference in the dance until Bogle come.” And, he was confident about his ability to allow any DJ to reap success from their songs if only Bogle were to create a dance for it. Bogle took credit for the success of such DJs as Beenie Man, Bounty Killer, Buju Banton, and Junior Reid who recorded songs describing Bogle’s dance styles or built on Bogle’s lyrical suggestions. He said there are phrases such as “Mr. Mention,” used by Buju Banton, with album and single of the same name, that sprang naturally from the Bogle fountain of creativity but often went unacknowledged. Apart from DJs who used his phrases in their

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songs, there were others who forgot to mention or honour his creativity and place as dance creator. One example was the single “Log On” by Elephant Man about the dance of the same name created by Bogle. The song named “Keiva” who purportedly had a “dancing school” to which she should have taken those in need of dance tutelage, but does not acknowledge Bogle. As the adage says, and as Bogle believed “the king is not crowned in his own country.” Because of Bogle’s presence in the dance, there has been an increase in the number of popular male dancers and financial opportunities for their advancement, albeit with Bogle himself not benefiting in ways that he would have liked. These include John Hype, who received a contract with the Skocking Vibes recording company, formerly the management company of DJ Beenie Man. Other examples include Sadiki, Craigy Dread, Shortman, Spongebob, Ding Dong, Sample Six, Blazay, and the male crews such as Ravers Clavers, Sample Six and Cadillac. Bogle’s death in 2005 signalled the passing of an icon, one whose shoes have not yet been filled. The circumstances around his death, the yet unsolved mystery of the cockfights he started, and the energy that still waits to be harnessed in the unfolding of dancehall artistry, innovation and ritual, all lie in the wings of time, their master. As for dancehall, there is an endless fountain of creativity waiting to be tapped. Until then...

R.I.P. Bogle.


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Bachelor Chef Ja is a fresh and exciting online cooking series by Executive Chef of Elite Kreations, Shea Stewart. Each episode Shea demonstrates how to make different meals using easy to follow techniques. Shea said he got the idea from his father years ago and started the show October 2011 alongside Kyle Chin of AfroAsian who shoots and edits the footage, We were on set of the recently released 12th Episode. Miss Universe Jamaica, Chantal Zaky was invited as his special guest to help prepare two unique and tasty Gourmet Sandwiches that anyone can make. Shea hopes that his show can benefit viewers as well as the plans he has for the future. “For me. I hope to share my passion and love for food. Also to market myself and my company Elite Kreations. I intend to break down those barriers that people associate with being a chef. I want my viewers to see how easy it is to cook. To cook with love.�

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It’s not always easy work, but it’s all worth it.

When you’re on set everyone gets a bite!

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: Meet JB

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ashion is a multi-billion-dollar industry that has considerable impact on the way ordinary people dress and present themselves. But there is more to fashion than the different articles of clothing, fashion is made up of designers, buyers, retailers, editors, and columnists. While all parties work together to create an image, all of these parties can simultaneously be affected by outside forces, especially blogs. Fashion is trend-driven and fashion blogs provide a new way to follow and oversee these fast-paced trends, it is likely that the blogoshepere will have a considerable long-term influence on the industry, as the number of fashion based blogs continue to grow. A fashion blog can cover many things such as specific items of clothing and accessories, trends

Fashion Designer and Blogger

in various apparel markets, celebrity fashion choices and street fashion trends. Fashion blogs cover fashion at all levels and many could also be categorised as shopping blogs, since most of the conversation is shopping advice, liberally laced with consumer recommendations. One prominent Jamaican blogger is JB otherwise known as James B or James Black of JBSTYLEZONE blog (jbstylezone.blogspot.com). JB has a passion for fashion which she says started in high school around fourth form. “That’s when I realised I had a genuine love to design and customize pieces”. Besides managing a popular blog JB is also the Director and Designer of YC Clothing and the GlamHEAD headband line. JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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Q: Where do you gather your inspiration? JB: Inspiration comes from various places, street style photos that I see online and I might decide to do a post around a particular look. Celebrity style is also a great inspiration. I frequently post photos of celebs and give tips on how you can achieve their look or from a photo I’ll put together a look on my own inspired by that picture. I also love to showcase young women whose style I admire and I would interview them for a feature, I particularly love when they have a skill whether it’s that they are a designer, make-up artist, director etc.

Q: Why do you like blogging? JB: I love how blogging has made me more aware of other designers, styles and trends that ultimately inspire me as a designer. It’s hard work though and I’m really not doing it at the level that I want to because blogging can be a job and I have about three others lol. I’ve also met a lot of cool people through my blog whether it’s people I’ve contacted to do a feature on them or vice versa.

Q: What

would you say are some of the benefits of blogging?

JB expressed that she was introduced to the world of blogging by her older sister in 2010. “She told me that it was a good route to take if I wanted to push the clothing line as well as showcase my personal style. It was a little scary at first because I didn’t think my style was that great to have a blog and I wasn’t sure what to say but overtime I’ve gotten more comfortable and it has proven to be a great way to showcase the YC and GlamHEAD products”. JB has been blogging for little over 2 years, let’s find out what the experience has been like for her thus far.

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JB: A huge benefit has been the new audience who are now aware of YC and GlamHEAD just from reading my blog. It’s also cool to help others push their products (and in turn you get free stuff) lol.

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How often would you say you blog?

JB: I try to blog everyday but due to other commitments it can be every other day or sometimes four days out of the week. I really try to post something everyday though even if it’s just a picture that can give some style inspiration.

Q: If your blog had a mission statement, what would it be?

JB: Lol...”To keep people talking about you...not your personal business, but your style”


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And to tie into to the previous question, if your style had a mission statement, what would it be? JB: “To be unique and comfortable but always with a touch of sophistication”

Q: How is the feedback from your blog

and have you ever been recognised in any way like Blog Awards? JB: I’ve been nominated every year for the blog awards (I’m yet to win lol) but I’m fine with that. What’s great to me is when women come up to me and say they love my blog. That has happened a few times and it’s an awesome feeling! Recently I was featured on Vogue Italia’s website on their Vogue Black blog and that was through one of their writers finding my blog while surfing the net. That has been the biggest thing to happen to me to date in regards to the blog.

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Where would you like to see your blog go in the future? / Where do you hope blogging takes you? JB: I hope blogging allows me to tap into other areas

of interest like submitting articles in magazines or newspapers or even doing a fashion segment on a tv show. Anything along that line would be cool. Fashion bloggers are a huge deal overseas now. They are the models, fashion experts on morning shows and who magazines are featuring now and that’s because we are supposed to have a more authentic approach to fashion. We are the “real” people buying the clothes, buying the products and giving our take on it and so it is more intimate and relatable when you read a fashion blog as opposed to a magazine with super skinny models wearing brands you probably can’t afford.

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What do you do in your spare time to relax? JB: Watch Lifetime lol

Q: How do you describe fashion? JB: Fashion is really something depicted by the “fashion gods” Aka the major designers and magazine editors. What colours, prints and textures stores should sell this season. However, it is now your duty to take what they have put out there and make it your own. Put your own unique twist to it.

Q: What is your closet like? Is it a walkin?

JB: Yes I have a walk-in closet. Nothing at all close to Mariah’s haha but it works for me.

Q: How would you describe your style?

JB: My style is a mix of edgy and girly. I could be in a tee and shorts one day with boots or I might go for a tu-tu or flared dress on another day. My style is kinda all over the place but the basis is usually that it has an edgy simplicity if that makes sense.

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Island or Nasty Gal.

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Aside from fashion, what are your other interests? JB: I’m getting a developing interest for photography and directing. I really haven’t pursued any in depth and I wouldn’t want to do it professionally but it would be another way to express myself artistically. I took the photos for my last collection and I’d love to direct a fashion film for my line too.

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If you could raid the closet of one person, who would it be and why? JB: Wow just one. That’s hard because I draw style inspiration from so many different people but probably Rihanna cause my style is more like hers, kind of all over the place like a true Pisces.

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How do you describe the fashion scene in Jamaica?

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Name your fashion piece must haves… JB: I must have gold accessories! I also love anything high waisted right now, you can’t go wrong with that.

Q: Who is your biggest fashion influence?

JB: My biggest fashion influence would be Rihanna. I like the fact that she’s not afraid to take fashion risks without looking completely crazy.

Q: Describe your style in 5 words or less. JB: Edgy, Comfortable, Eclectic, Fun, Chic

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JB: We are still developing when it comes to our fashion scene. But I do believe it is still very strong for a caribbean island, with our fashion and style weeks and local newspapers that make fashion an integral feature in their publication. We definitely have this pocket of very well dressed males and females who I see around town who clearly are on top of style trends as well as they have a natural ability to pull off unique looks, but ultimately we are an island so the majority of us have a more laid back style and with the limited style selection brought down by most stores it’s not very easy for the ordinary woman to have a very eclectic wardrobe.

Q: So what’s your next step / where do you see yourself from here?

JB: I’m just going to keep promoting all my ventures and see where it takes me. I’m aiming to have GlamHEAD online in December for US shipping and I’m in talks to have YC sold from a store in Barbados.


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Q: Why did you decide to make headbands?

JB: I started to get into the headband trend and as a clothing designer I figured why not design and make my own. So I made one for myself and my mom suggested that I try and sell it and the rest is history. -----------------------------------------------------

GlamHEAD is JB’s exquisite headband collection which was started in July 2010. The headbands range from jeweled pieces to more eclectic ones made out of bold printed fabric. The pieces she say very inspired by Native American and African headpieces as well as head scarves from the 50’s JB describes GlamHEAD pieces as edgy, unique and chic. The headbands range from $1200 $2500 but could be more if it’s a custom piece. YC, currently a female only brand is truly an innovative brand that manages to stay on top of the trends around the world while also blazing a trail of original and unique designs. Besides T-Shirts, items include cardigans, skirts and dresses. We wish JB the Fashionista, Designer and Blogger all the best as she continues to tap into and the world of fashion around her. Here JB wears one of her GlamHEAD pieces. JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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Pieces from GlamHEAD collection

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Pieces from YC (Yahdie Conscious) collection

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TAJ FRANCIS ARTIST

Taj Francis is a Jamaican based artist, born in St. Andrew, Jamaica. He attended Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing arts in 2007 - 2011 and is a full time fine artist, illustrator and designer.

sure it’s for something you can be proud of. If you’re going to be ashamed about it, or feel morally conflicted about it, then

Design, or whatever it is that you do, make

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SHERRAINE PHILLIPS FASHION DESIGNER

A 19 year old sophmore at the University of the West Indies, Sherraine is constantly seeking creative outlets.

“ I adore everything that has to do with art

and design. In Jamaica I feel like fashion is relegated to night-time events, but my aim is to show people that expression through fashion is okay at any time of the day. Currently, Aesthetic (her clothing line) concentrates on simple yet interesting everyday items, enabling girls to upgrade from the denim / t shirt uniform. Art is freedom, and through design I wish to inspire movement toward this freedom.

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KEMAR SWABY

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He is a 19 year old sophmore at the University of the West Indies constantly seeking creative outlets. Born in Manchester, Jamaica on February 25th 1988, Kemar Swaby holds a BFA in Visual Communication at the Edna Manley School of the Visual and Performing Arts, graduating in the year 2010 with honours.

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up with just a single parent, my

mother and other relatives, my appreciation for family life and values play a fundamental part in my artwork. I was trained, as a graphic designer in my tenure in college but my love for visual expression in multiple styles was my main appeal. I was strongly influenced by the aspects of painting and illustration; resulting further interest in the expression of installation art by the creation of an environment or space in which the viewer is able to indulge or engage

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JAMAR ROCK ARCHITECURAL DESIGNER

Bajan born, Jamar Rock is an architectural student at the University of Technology currently in his senior year pursuing his Bachelors of Arts in Architectural Studies. Jamar transferred from Barbados Community College with an Associate Degree in Applied Science in Architecture. Versed in graphic design, Jamar’s designs tend to be loud and dynamic in their aesthetics but at the same time show a mature understanding to designing a building and programming spaces. Loud and quiet at the same time. His ambitions for the future as stated by him are to “represent Barbados, the Caribbean and coloured people alike in Architecture, to be the head of my own practice, to become a recognized architect not only for my design forms but for everything it encompasses and to one day become a great and beneficial influences on other architects and users alike”.

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A-wire is Action Packed!

ichard Lecky, better known as A-wire is only in his twenties but has been making his mark across Jamaica. He is a popular Jamaican BMX rider, who rides with the team Krash Test Dummy. When he took up the sport in 1999, it was almost unheard of in Jamaica. He has been riding professionally from 2006, that’s when he got his first sponsor and decided he was going all in. From there, A-wire’s career took off. He’s known Internationally for his talents and has been interviewed by a French BMX magazine called Creme and was a guest on the MTV show, Nitro Circus, hosted by X Games gold medalist Travis Pastrana. A-wire says he thinks BMX can be a force for good on the streets of Jamaica and he hopes to be a part of this movement. We delved more into his unique character to get a bit of background information as well as to see what he’s currently up to.

A-wire: The name A-wire is actually short for haywire ( which I thought was too long). I got that name from a friend that saw how I ride my BMX as if I was going haywire.

A-wire: Well I always loved tricks and performances since I was like 7. Watching riders on the T.V I used to just imagine myself doing these stunts in front of a big crowd, but it was all fantasy, I didn’t even knew how to ride, hahaa.

Q: Where are you from?

Q: How did you first get involved in BMX?

Q: How did you get the name A-wire?

A-wire: I grew up In Jones Ave, Spanish Town moved to Twickenham Park H/S, and spent a lot of time in Portmore (my second home). Q: At what age was the first time you went on a bicycle? A-wire: I tried riding a bicycle when I was around 8, I sucked terribly. Not having a bike of my own never really aided to that along with where I grew up, we never had roads. It’s not until I was around 16, I finally got the chance to own a bike and learned how to ride. Q: At what age did you notice you loved to ride and to perform?

A-wire: One day I was walking and I saw a guy riding a stunt bike on the street, I ran him down breathless and asked if he was selling it. He looked at me and laughed and said, if I wanted a bike I should link this guy named G-dogg from this community in Spanish town called Old Road. I walked to this random guy’s house, asking for G-dogg, his mom told me he was around the back in the “slaughter house” (little did I know what she meant). After introducing myself and meeting G-dogg, I started stalking him every day until he became my mentor and the other guy who’s name is Navado, is now my really good friend, he is now fighting cancer and I’d like to encourage him to Stay Strong. JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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both my shoulders, dislocated my hip, had 5 concussions (one while snowboarding), torn ligaments in my left knee, broken my nose, torn my septum (that was last month), received sprains, strains but I’ve had a lot of fun. Q: Have any injuries ever made you cry? A-wire: Ahahaahaha.. Nah, there is no crying in BMX.

Q: Where are some of the places you’ve ridden professionally? A-wire: I have been mostly to the U.S, I have competed in one, one competitions in Syracuse, upstate New York. Not much of an competitor, I’m more of a performer. Other from that I have been to New Jersey, Camp wood Ward in Pennsylvania, Lake Tahoe California. Q: When did your relationship with Red Bull start? Are they a full time sponsor? A-wire: My relationship started back in 2006. They are no longer a sponsor of mine.

Q: As a kid did you have an athlete that you looked up to in the BMX sports world? A-wire: Of course, my first set of idols, were Dwight “G-Dogg” Morgan (my mentor), Navado, skill, Marcus Hay and Mark West, these are all local riders that paved the way for me. Those guys then introduced me to Pros in the U.S that I took a liking to. These guys are; Matt Hoffman, Ryan Nyquist and T.J Lavin.

Q: Have you ever been seriously hurt or injured while riding? A-wire: Serious is relative, I would say I have a few calf cramps but no serious injuries (from my perspective).

Q: What were some of the injuries? A-wire: I have cracked my left ankle, dislocated

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Q: What has their involvement meant to your career as an action sports athlete? A-wire: Red Bull gave me what no one else offered here in Jamaica. Red Bull gave me a chance to do what I want on an International scale. Q: What are some of your favourite stunts to do? A-wire: I will do no footed can cans, front flip and foot jam variations all day!! Q: Your most memorable experience while riding or hardest stunt you’ve done thus far? A-wire: I would say the most memorable moment for me was flying first class to Camp Woodward in P.A in 2006. As it relates to tricks I would say getting over the fear of flips and landing in a


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make shift foam pit in Portmore.

Q: Where do you frequently ride / practice in Jamaica?

Q: You are the leader of the BMX Stunt Team, Krash Test Dummy, how long have you guys been riding together?

A-wire: We mostly ride and practice in Portmore by the K.T.D HQ, however you can find us in an around Kingston’s cooperate area.

A-wire: We’ve been riding together for over 6 years. Q: How many members in the group?

Q: What type of bicycle do you have? A-wire: I ride a Eastern Boss 2009 model.

A-wire: The team now consist of three main demo riders including myself, three other members contributing in various activities and a reserve, so its seven.

Q: Do you have a name for your bicycle? A-wire: Fer sher!! Her name is Roxanne but I just call her Roxy.

Q: What are the name of other members? A-wire: On the starting demo team we have; Roshaun Twisted Lawrence, Jeff ‘’Tiggy’’ Crossley and myself. On the supporting end we have, Damian Douglas (ramp builder/instructor), Garnet Lopez (wild card), Marvin ‘Spiffy’ Webster and Clifton Kronic Anderson (reserve).

Q: Do you think Jamaicans are opening up to the sport more in terms of support and sponsorship? A-wire: Yes and no, but they will soon.

Q: Some places you or your group have performed? A-wire: We have performed at various shows across the island, we have done, Mountain Dew Stunt Festival, Negril Fat Tyre, Bikers Bash in Oracabessa, the College Lifestle Extreme Stunt Tour, Red Bull Smokin Streets, Fun in the Son in Kingston, Red Bull Toe to Toe, numerous birthday parties and music videos in and around Kingston.

Q: Tell us about the Jamaican BMX-er series/episodes. A-wire: I’m now supported by Inspired Media, and they where having inspired week in Tahoe in June, I got an invitation to go and train with some of the best skiers and people in the world at a newly opened action sport training facility; camp Woodward Tahoe. Of course I took the offer up but then I had to get there, I hustled, baked and sought donations for my travels and expenses and finally made it. While I was there training I invited a good friend of mine from New Jersey, Derek Gardner, whom, I met six years ago JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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at a Woodward facility in P.A. he decided to drop all he was doing and join me during training and made the three part episode series.

to heavy metal. Or my Jamaican rock band Downstairs!! Those guys rock!!

Q: Do you have a favourite meal or drink? A-wire: I will eat dumplings all day, eeerdaaay! Oh and sushi.

Q: Do you have any pet peeves? If so what? A-wire: I hate pubic hair, and when you see armpit hair with liitle deodorant pebbles dangling off them, gross…

Q: When travelling what can’t you leave behind? A-wire: My Roxy (bike).

Q: What are your daily essentials? A-wire: Food, BMX, herbs and spices, positive vibrations.

Q: Do you frequent the gym or have a strict work out plan? A-wire: No, I am currently seeking a gym sponsorship, but I mainly workout at home and on my Roxy.

Q: If you found out you only had 24 hours to live, what would you do with your last day? A-wire: I would build a huge ramp and

Q: Describe yourself in 5 words or less--A-wire: I make blood from stone. Q: What is your favourite kind of music? A-wire: If I am riding I need something high energy like some techno or hip hop with a nice beat. When I am chilling usually I will listen

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---------------------------------------------------Not only is A-wire a talented BMX rider but he’s a gifted skin artiste as he adds a unique, exciting and gorgeous twist to each piercing. His inexpensive art demonstrates his passion for his trade. Exotic piercings with a unique finesse are just a few fitted words that can describe his work. It’s no surprise that he’s one of the top body piercers in Jamaica.


A-wire is Action Packed!

Q: How many piercings do you have and where? A-wire: I have lost quite a few, but lets just say they are all over. Q: Did you do your own piercings? A-wire: Yes I do, except one I made Nicholas Chong did for me before a Halloween party couple years ago.

Q: How did you get into this field? / What attracted you to start doing piercings? A-wire: I went to get a piercing and it was done horribly so I started doing it on myself. I love piercings, it’s a really beautiful form of self expression that you will always remember. Q: Did you have to do a course or training to get to the level you are at now? A-wire: Yes I did, but mostly its from practice on myself, many, many times.

Q: Where is the weirdest piercing you think you’ve done on someone? A-wire: I have pierced a finger and done a piercing by the ankle. Q: Where are the most common parts of the body people in Jamaica want pierced? A-wire: Their tongues! Q: About how many piercings do you do a month? A-wire: It varies, but I have done 60 piercings at an event. Q: If you had to give up one… riding or piercing which would it be? A-wire: Piercing in an heart beat..lol --------------------------------------------------“You can check out my videos at www.youtube.com/krashtestdummybmx I have started a crowd funding project seeking assistance to train and compete in the Asian X Games in Shanhai China in 2013. For all who want to support check out my project at https://www.rallyme.com/rallies/13 I’m also working on a project called The K.T.D Project, hoping to get bikes and protective gears on the island so I can start having training camps and getting more people involved in action sports. Go to Select6.co and support the K.T.D Project. Select6.co will be launching late November. JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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! ! M E O T SO CK IT For those of you who aren’t fashionably inclined, or those who just don’t keep up with fashion trends for men; there’s a new trend going around, a trend introduced by designer Thom Browne’s super short suits. These suits ensured that more than an ample amount of ankle would be shown whilst donning them; this lead to an entire sartorial movement, with men all over the world donning suits with no socks and all ankles. Now choosing to not wear socks is as much a personal preference as wearing cropped suit pants; but, this movement has spread beyond the realms of suiting to involve all forms of male bottoms: chinos, pants, jeans, shorts. Now the question is, when to wear and when to not wear socks. If you’re like me, you’d never wear socks unless you intend them to be a statement piece in your outfit, but like I said before, that’s all based on your personal preferences; but albeit, there still exists some rules (informal they are) that are applied to the wearing of socks. Socks and Formal Suits The more style inclined men would most likely bash the lack of socks with a formal suit. Going formal and going sockless, especially if you’re wearing a well cut suit; might just be doing your suit disrespect. If you are trying to add some drama to your suit, try a patterned sock that will add some flair and personality to your outfit. Try complementing or contrasting the colours in your shirt or tie with a patterned sock, or just show your personality with a unique print such as a spaceship patterned print. The important thing is to ensure that you are somehow complimenting or contrasting the colours in the remainder of your outfit.

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Sock and Casual Suits Throw them out! For the sake of your style throw them out! No rules exist when it comes to casual outfits. It’s all about personality at this point. This is of course assuming you can tell the difference between a formal and a casual suit, but that’s beyond the topic of this article. Now, much of the same rules apply as before, contrasting or complimenting; but, it now applies to your ankle since there are no socks in this outfit. You want to; you need to ensure that your ankles are seen. Invest in a properly fitting bottom, no baggy pants; you need the slimming effect of tailored bottoms to lead the eyes towards your ankles. Now whether you’re going to invest in cropped pants or just simply cuff your pant, that’s up to you. Just ensure that your ankles receive the desired spotlight (lotion, lotion, lotion those damn ankles too). Blessings, Dewayne Webb all images courtesy of www.streetetiquette.com

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Collar Necklace

DIY! Do it yourself One of the hottest trends right now are collar necklaces. They are just about everywhere in various looks and styles. They can be purchased at select locations but they are also very fun and easy to make which also allows you to include your own creative spin. The Beaded Collar Necklace DIY is a really versatile accessory. You can wear it with a sweater for a layered look or with a tank or camisole as more of a necklace. They are a nice accent to give your collar some confidence. Day or night, make an eye-catching yet elegant statement by donning an embellished collar with dazzling jewels, textural fabrics, beads or sequins. Collar Necklaces are so cute and chic and so easy to make! WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO MAKE YOUR COLLAR NECKLACE:

1 Shirt with collar Lots of beads in multiple sizes Scissors Needle Thread

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-------------------------------------------------------STEP 1 First begin with an old shirt. Carefully cut the collar off of your shirt, just under the band.


STEP 2 I recommend laying out your beads the way you want them, before you start sewing them on and take a picture, so you can reference it as you go. It will make it much easier to place your beads (faster too). I used my phone so I could check it easily and frequently.

This project can be as simple as cutting the collar off a shirt with a great print and calling it a day or taking a basic white shirt and going crazy with beads as shown here. Have fun and enjoy the outcome.

STEP 3 Start sewing your beads to your shirt, running your needle through only the top layer of fabric on your collar. This way you won’t have all your threads showing underneath. Sew your beads on one at a time, securing each at least twice and pulling the thread tight.

STEP 4 Now you can take out the button, unless you prefer the button. If the you decide to take off the button replace it with a pretty bead that is big enough to go through the button hole.

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BREAKING THE SILENCE

Girls who like Girls by Ashley Henry

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s it for true love, random sex, the urge for dominance or a rush of lust ? The truth is, in today’s society, questioning the reasons behind someone’s sexuality is always an ongoing topic, especially when it comes to females. Persons always wonder if girls “switch” because of their past relationship with a man, peer pressure, or maybe just random curiosity. Persons also assume that some are “jumping fence” to fit in or because it might come off as a trend. How about we hear from the horse’s mouth itself; lets actually hear from three females about their experiences.

ALLY : Q: WHEN DID YOU FIRST BELIEVE YOU BECAME A LESBIAN/BI AND WHY ?

A: My first lesbian experience was my setting stone for when I realized that I was bi. In third form, I was involved in a sexual encounter with two very good female friends of mine and at the end of it I realized I actually enjoyed it lol. Why not get the best of both worlds and surprisingly girls find me attractive so if not why not. Q: ARE YOU OPEN ABOUT IT?

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I’m closest to know that I’m bi, why I chose to tell them is to test them in a sense because I really don’t need your friendship if you can’t accept who I really am. Q: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE RUMORS AND JUDGMENT ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE?

A: I honestly ignore it. Yea, some comments have affected my ego but as cliché as it may sound it’s not what people call you, it’s what you answer to even though the stigma associated with being of a homosexual nature can be difficult to cope with. Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PERSONS WHO ARE JUST DOING IT TO FIT IN?

A: It’s annoying!! And can cause problems for us who really are just accepting what we like. I have full lesbian friends who hate bi girls just because of it, you up and decide to play with people’s emotions just because it’s the in thing. KMT!! Q: HAVE YOU TURNED SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS THAT WAY?

A: I have turned one of my friends and she hasn’t forgiven me since! In a good way though but it just clicked to her that women are just as difficult as men. Regardless of who it is, it’s still a relationship with same relationship problems.


Q: WOULD YOU EVER BE WITH A GUY AGAIN?

A: I’m currently in relationship with a guy, but it still doesn’t stop me from scoping my type of female. Q: DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MARRIED OR HAVING KIDS?

A: Married I’m not quite sure and I’d probably want one child. Q: DID YOUR PARENTS ACCEPT THIS CHANGE?

A: My parents aren’t homophobic well, my mother isn’t but I’m not quite sure I’m ready to tell them. Q: HOW DID IT AFFECT YOUR SOCIAL-LIFE? DID YOU LOSE ANY FRIENDS?

A: I lost a couple friends yes and gained even more annoying questions. For instance because you’re bi persons assume your into threesomes and other kinky stuff, A NUH SUH IT RERK! When we hear those questions you just want to beat people I swear! Q: PERSONS LOOK AT GIRLS WHO ARE 100% STRAIGHT BUT BECAUSE THEY MAY LOOK A PARTICULAR WAY THEY THINK OTHERWISE. IS THERE AN AUTOMATIC STEREOTYPE FOR LESBIANS ?

A: Yes there is if you dress a particular way or behave too close with a female friend persons normally assume that your gay. Q: WHAT ARE YOUR RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ?

A: Umm, I’m actually not a religious person in any form or shape, I’m atheist but I’m not ignorant either, you would never hear me bash out against someone’s beliefs. Q: DO YOU THINK YOUR SEXUALITY WILL AFFECT YOUR CAREER CHOICE?

A: No I don’t think my sexuality will affect

my career choice cause other than the fact that it’s nobody’s business but my own, my sexuality doesn’t determine how I do my thing, or how I’ll execute and deliver on whatever I’m doing, whoever I sleep with at any given time not stopping me from making my money, simple. Q: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE ANY PERSON OUT THERE WHO IS CONFUSED ABOUT THEIR SEXUALITY? AND WAYS IN WHICH THEY CAN GO ABOUT DEALING WITH PROBLEMS THEY MIGHT BE FACING

A: Advise? Be honest with yourself, if you’re not comfortable with the lifestyle don’t expect anybody else to, if you can look yourself in the mirror an be like this is me then you’re good to go on anything else, because at the end of the day you have to be true to what you feel is right. Q: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE EXPERIENCES YOU HAVE ENCOUNTERED FROM BEING OPEN WITH YOUR SEXUALITY ; BOTH POSITIVELY AND NEGATIVELY.

A: Positively, I’ve met a lot of interesting people as in good friends that up to this day are strong and independent men and women regardless of being homosexual. Living life and having fun with all puns on the word lol. Negatively, I have a label now, granted I’ve had that all my life due to how I’m built and my behavior but I think the stigma that is associated with being bi-sexual is the only negative part about me being open about my sexuality. Q: AS IT RELATES TO YOUR FUTURE PLANS WITH HAVING CHILDREN, WILL YOU BE RAISING THEM TO BE LIKE YOU OR WILL YOU RAISE THEM TO CHOOSE FOR THEMSELVES? A: Raise them to make choices for themselves of course, because really it’s their choice just because I’m bi-sexual doesn’t mean my child has to be, but if they choose this lifestyle well I’ll still be there to guide them along the way. JAE Magazine | NOVEMBER 2012

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AN O N Y MO US FEM ALE Q: WHEN DID YOU FIRST BELIEVE YOU BECAME A LESBIAN/BI AND WHY ?

A: I was initially bi from the beginning, well since I understood what being with the same sex was. I then became a lesbian when I was 17 years of age. There was no particular reason as to why I decided to become a lesbian. A man did not abuse me and I didn’t have bad heterosexual relationships. I guess I just realized that the heterosexual lifestyle was not for me. I was trapped and pretending to be someone I wasn’t when I was engaging in heterosexual practices. Q: ARE YOU OPEN ABOUT IT?

A: I became open about it as soon as I became comfortable with the idea of being with the same sex. It was merely me needing time to accept myself to completely ‘come out of the closet’. Q: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE RUMORS AND BAD JUDGMENT ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE?

A: As the definition of rumors states its an unverified account of something happening. Rumors do not affect me as I am comfortable in my own skin. Bad judgment, people will always say what they want to and at the end of the day its merely an opinion and not definitive of who I am. Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT PERSONS WHO ARE JUST DOING IT TO FIT IN?

A: Firstly, it puzzles me why someone would choose to be a lesbian just to fit in. Being a lesbian is shun upon in Jamaica and most homosexuals live in fear. But I mean if they are doing it just to fit in, power to them, my hat goes off to them for being so brave and adventurous really. But being a lesbian is not a fashion statement; at the end of the day there are certain ramifications that accompany the title of ‘lesbian’.

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Q: HAVE YOU TURNED SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS THAT WAY?

A: Yes I have. Personally I would go for the straight girls. There is a thrill from converting someone who is ‘strictly dickly’ to being more ‘open minded’. Q: WOULD YOU EVER BE WITH A GUY AGAIN?

A: No , I wouldn’t . Being a lesbian is who I am now and I will forever be this person. Although the lifestyle might be a tad bit complicated, this is where I call ‘home’, my safe zone. Q: DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MARRIED OR HAVING KIDS? A: Yes I am planning to get married and also have children. My girlfriend and I will deliver and also adopt. Q: DID YOUR PARENTS ACCEPT THIS CHANGE?

A: NOPE. My dad is a bit terrified of the idea of his little princess being a male identified lesbian and my mom she is caught up in the biblical aspect. I am now a sinner and she cannot love a sinner. But at the end of the day I need approval from two persons, my superior being and myself. Q: HOW DID IT AFFECT YOUR SOCIAL-LIFE? DID YOU LOSE ANY FRIENDS?

A: Well a lot of the guy friends I had got a bit upset, I mean I was a catch when I was a girly girl. But my social life is great actually. Always getting compliments about my girlfriend and what a ‘cute’ couple we are. Q: PERSONS LOOK AT GIRLS WHO ARE 100% STRAIGHT BUT BECAUSE THEY MAY LOOK A PARTICULAR WAY THEY THINK OTHERWISE. IS THERE AN AUTOMATIC STEREOTYPE FOR LESBIANS ? A: Well there is no automatic stereotype in my eyes. It all boils down to how you are brought up. Most people should live by the


saying “ you can’t judge a book by its cover”. But for a country like a Jamaica where if something isn’t understood it is automatically wrong and hated upon, there is a stereotype. All tomboys are gay and all girly girls with piercings and tattoos are gay and freaks. Q: WHAT DO YOU NOTICE IS NORMALLY THE IMAGES AFFILIATED WITH LESBIANS THAT PERSONS MAKE? A: For a male identified lesbian, the way they dress and the hairstyles they have, whether low cuts or shape ups of the hair line. For feminine lesbians mainly tattoos and piercings.

ANONYMOUS FEMALE 2 Q: WHEN DID YOU FIRST BELIEVE YOU BECAME A LESBIAN/BI AND WHY ?

A: Growing up I was always attracted to the same sex; it was never taboo to me to be a lesbian. As a child, of course I didn’t understand there was a title for it but for as long as I can remember I was attracted to the same sex. Q: ARE YOU OPEN ABOUT IT? A: I’ve always been open about it to family and friends, I don’t walk around flaunting it, but recently I have become more accepting of myself, and less concerned with the opinion of others. Q: WHAT WAS YOUR REASON FOR YOUR LIFE CHANGE? A: As I mentioned before, there was never a dramatic transition, for as long as I can remember I have been attracted to the same sex. Q: HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE RUMORS AND BAD JUDGMENT ABOUT YOUR LIFESTYLE? A: This is who I am and this is how I am most comfortable and happy. I try not to let

people’s judgment get to me by simply ignoring them or turning a blind eye. People will always talk whether it’s something bad or good. Q: WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THE PERSONS WHO ARE JUST DOING IT TO FIT? A: Persons doing it to fit in should find themselves and embrace who they truly are. Being a lesbian or bisexual is not the easiest life for most and shouldn’t be taken as a trend or as some kind of game. It is someone’s reality. Q: HAVE YOU TURNED SOME OF YOUR FRIENDS THAT WAY? A: My friends have very strong personalities like myself and are very individualistic, so no and I don’t think I could even if I tried .lol Q: WOULD YOU EVER BE WITH A GUY AGAIN?

A: No, I wouldn’t be with a guy again , I have truly accepted my sexuality and it does not involve a man. Q: DO YOU PLAN ON GETTING MARRIED OR HAVING KIDS?

A: Of course! I want to get married have children the whole works! I’m a homemaker and mother at heart. Q: DID YOUR PARENTS ACCEPT THIS CHANGE?

A: My father was very accepting and always told me to stick to what I believe in and do what makes me happy, my mother on the other hand took a little time to accept it , but I can’t complain , they are very loving and just want to see me happy and successful .

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lost friends because of my sexuality, broke a few guys hearts lol.

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Q: PERSONS LOOK AT GIRLS WHO ARE 100% STRAIGHT BUT BECAUSE THEY MAY LOOK A PARTICULAR WAY THEY THINK OTHERWISE. IS THERE AN AUTOMATIC STEREOTYPE FOR LESBIANS ? A: There is a stereotype, normally when a female has small attributes of a boy or a girl is a “tomboy” they are normally stereotyped as a lesbian. Which I think is stupid because I’m extremely girly! And I am a lesbian.

Q: WHAT DO YOU NOTICE IS NORMALLY THE IMAGES AFFILIATED WITH LESBIANS THAT PERSONS MAKE? A: The normal image Is a “tomboy” or a girl with a lot of piercings, or a girl that looks a little more artistic or creative than the rest.

6 Lovely Logics Make Peace with your Past so it doesn’t spoil your Present. What others Think of you is None of your business. Time Heals Almost Everything, Give the Time, Some Time. No one is the Reason of your Happiness Except You yourself. Don’t compare your Life with others, You have No Idea what their journey is all about. Stop Thinking too much, It’s Alright not to know all the Answers.

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